I don’t think I’m the only person out there who feels this way, so I might as well just say it … I hate doing laundry. I hate it so much that the only time laundry actually gets done in my house is usually when we are totally out of clean underwear and then the decision is forced upon me.
That being said, I’m all for things that make the laundry process more efficient, so I love using wool dryer balls in the dryer to help speed up drying time and also soften the laundry (the wool fibers rub against the fibers in the other garments and help soften them)—all without any harsh chemicals that may be in dryer sheets or fabric softeners!
The other awesome thing is that if you like to add a scent to your laundry, you can drop a few drops of essential oils on the balls before drying your clothes and they will smell amazing! Ready to make your own set? It’s super easy …
–wool roving yarn in several colors (make sure it doesn’t say “washable” wool yarn or it won’t work); one of those yarns is enough for two balls
–crochet hook or yarn needle
–essential oils (optional)
You can leave your ball a solid color if you want, but if you want to run some other colors though it, tie on another color and use your yarn needle or crochet hook to run the knot into the ball so it’s hidden from view.
Repeat the process of tying on another color and hiding the knot if you want to add a second color.
To end your ball, pull your final color through a big chunk of your yarn ball, switch direction and pull it though a few more times and then snip the end off.
Cut off the leg of a pantyhose, scrunch up the pantyhose to the bottom and place in your first wool ball. Make a knot and scrunch and place the next ball. Repeat until you have all your balls in the pantyhose.
Check your balls and if they seem soft still and not melded together, run them through the washer and dryer again with another load. Some wool may be fine after one load and others may take 3-4 cycles to felt up. Cut your wool balls out of the pantyhose and they are ready to use!
To use, just add 2-3 drops of essential oil onto a few balls and dry like you usually would (try a shorter dry time first since the balls should help with that). Any dryer balls will help with dry time, etc., but you may want up to eight for larger loads.